Which Flowering Trees are Best?

It is important to find which flowering trees are best for your landscape. Many flowering trees are available, so it is good to know which flowering tree will work best for you. Trees with great flowers are what some gardeners choose to grow.

If you add in some ornamental shrubs, you will have a beautiful landscape to admire. Flowering trees will make great accents next to a canopy gazebo or any other type of outdoor gazebo you might have. You will find a list of some of the most popular flowering trees are listed along with their scientific name and the color of their flower blooms. There are many others, but these are listed because of the flowers and the way the tree grows.

Flowering Tree Varieties:

  • Red Maple, Acer rubrum, red flowers
  • Redbud, Cercis canadensis, pink and white
  • White Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus, white
  • Yellowwood, Cladastris kentukea, white
  • Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida, white and pink bracts
  • Kousa Dogwood, Cornus Kousa, white and pink bracts
  • Dove tree, Davidus involurata, white bracts
  • Franklinia, Franklinia alatamaha, white
  • Carolina silverbell, Halesia carolina, white, pinkish white
  • Golden raintree, Koelreuteria paniculata, Yellow
  • Golden chaintree, Laburnum x watereri ‘Vossii’, Yellow
  • Magnolias, magnolia species, white,pink, purple, cream, and yellow
  • Apple and Crabapple, Malus species, white, pink, and deep pink
  • Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, white
  • Ornamental cherry, Prunus species, pink, white
  • Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, white
  • Snowbell, Styras species, white
  • Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, creamy white

    "Flowering Trees"

    Redbuds are beautiful flowering trees

Facts and Information on Other Flowering Trees

When you choose a tree for its flowers, you should choose one where you can see the blooms among the branches and leaves. The Tulip tree ( Liriodendron tulipifera) produces large, cupped chartreuse and orange blossoms. While the tulip-like flowers are striking, the giant tree often grows so fast that, unless your house is near the height of the tree’s canopy, you can hardly see the blooms.

Another tree grown for its flower clusters is fragrant Styrax (Stynax obassia). This is a small flowering tree that looks great near a patio, but its blooms get lost among the leaves. You can, however, still smell the blossoms. For warmer climates, the Crape Myrtle is a wonderful tree that has pink, white or lavender flower clusters. It can also be kept trimmed and used as an ornamental shrub.

Be careful of the trees that you choose, as many cherries and plums, which belong to the Rose Family, are prone to diseases of that group. Even disease-resistant varieties may attract tent caterpillars or Japanese beetles in areas where they are pests, and where the trees have to be kept sprayed or kept free of fruit. Crabapple trees would also fall into this category.

Some trees may have what appears to be flowers, but is actually showy bracts, big petal-like leaves that attract animals to the small flower cluster they surround. A good example of an ornamental known for its bracts, is Kousa dogwood (Cormus kousa). It produces four pointed white bracts that will turn pinkish with age surrounding a small greenish flower cluster in the center.



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